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Sport Nicolas Pepe's abuse was nothing short of disgusting

18:15  24 november  2020
18:15  24 november  2020 Source:   theroar.com.au

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Shaun Wright-Phillips highlighted the disgusting abuse aimed at Pepe on social media last night. We utterly condemn the vile abuse directed at Nicolas Pepe and Ezgjan Alioski on social Arteta explains why he's so cross, addresses Pepe ' s unacceptable actions and reveals his worries over a lack of goals.

Pepe and Alioski were both targeted on social media, leading the clubs to release co-ordinated statements, in which they promised to work with the police and football authorities to identify those responsible. "We utterly condemn the vile abuse directed at Nicolas Pepe and Ezgjan Alioski on

For most Arsenal fans, the dour 0-0 result against Leeds is now firmly in the background as we focus on the club’s Europa League game against Molde.

However, as a diehard Arsenal supporter for many years, what I saw on social media after the game made me sit there and simply shake my head.

The abuse of Nicolas Pepe after his red card was nothing short of disgusting.

Seeing the amount of abuse towards not only Nicolas Pepe but also Ezgjan Alioski was horrendous.

Regarding Pepe, he was racially abused for an incident that was not even that bad. Yes, Pepe was in the wrong, and yes, Alioski made the most of it. But to have this level of abuse from the club’s so-called “fans” actually made me embarrassed to be a supporter of this club that I have loved for years.

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Pépé was red-carded for clash with Alioski on Sunday and the Leeds player’ s family are also believed to have been targeted. Arsenal struck a similar note, saying: “We utterly condemn the vile abuse directed at Nicolas Pepe and Ezgjan Alioski on social media following our match against Leeds United.

MARTIN KEOWN: Pepe ' s unprofessional behaviour put his team under pressure and, in the end, manager Mikel Arteta had to be satisfied with earning an away Nicolas Pepe was sent off for a clear headbutt in Arsenal's 0-0 draw with Leeds. The Ivorian winger leant his head into Ezgjan Alioski in an

The fact that to this day there are people out there that hide behind their keyboards and direct abuse in this manner is shocking and it was all over a football game. It was not a matter of life or death. It was simply a game of football.

These people need to realise that players have lives, and they have kids and families. Can you imagine if Nicolas Pepe’s little boy sees the abuse his father copped years from now? What will he think?

(Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Racism has no place in football and has no place in anywhere in the world and the fact that the club’s supporters turned on him in such a way is truly sickening. They are meant to support the team, through the highs and the lows.

Arsenal fans stand by the players and the club because that is what fans are supposed to do. We all get upset at results sometimes, or the form of some players, and that is part of being a fan.

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Nicolas Pepe reacts after being shown a straight red card for a headbutt on Macedonian midfielder Nicolas Pepe ' s rash red card saw Arsenal reduced to ten men for most of the second half, but Jack Harrison was found on the far side once again and played a short ball to Klich on the edge of the area.

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When someone makes a mistake as Pepe did against Leeds, it makes you ask: ‘why did he do that?’ There is an initial disappointment but then you must put it into context. It is only a football game and life goes on. The world does not stop after a bad result.

What is there to be gained from racially abusing a player, who is only 25 years old and has a young family as well?

How is he meant to feel when he sees this kind of stuff? How is he meant to play in front of those so-called fans and enjoy the beautiful game of football with those same people who abused him?

I feel for him. No one should be subjected to that and I was extremely proud of both Leeds and Arsenal for saying in their statement that they are going to try and bring the culprits to justice with the help of the police and other authorities.

Pepe has apologised for his indiscretion against Leeds but once the final whistle blew and the initial feelings from the game had subsided, that should have been it. Not the racial abuse that followed.

Hopefully Pepe will pick himself up after his red card and be back playing in front of fans when this pandemic is over. However, for some fans, they are already out on him as a player and that in itself is a shame as he has potential to be a great player.

Will he come back from this? I sure hope so because if he is driven out of the club by these people who call themselves fans, then that will truly be a dark day in the history of this great club.

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It took 50 minutes but Arsenal hit full stride on Thursday, with a gritty Nicholas Pepe leading Arsenal to a dominant 3-0 victory over Molde and a spot in the last-32.Arsenal’s £72m signing Pepe has found consistency and form hard to find in the Premier League, compounded by his red card for head butting against Leeds.

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